Defence written question – answered on 3rd December 2013.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2013, Official Report, column 704W, on shipbuilding, what uses his Department will make of buildings no longer used for shipbuilding that are to be returned to his Department.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) current planning assumption is that the facilities leased by BAE Systems for warship building in Portsmouth will be returned to the Department when this activity ceases in the second half of 2014.

The MOD is looking at options regarding their future use. Some will continue to be used to service the support requirements of the warships based in Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth and others will be optimised to deliver the greater volume of engineering work arising when the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers arrive in the base.

Once this options analysis work is complete, the MOD will seek to establish the extent to which there may be scope to make wider commercial use of any surplus facilities.

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